Monday Morning Music Mix ~ Sept. 19, 2011

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Monday’s Music Quote: “Gray skies are just clouds passing over.” ~ Duke Ellington

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Has music education change since 1970? On students who rock…: “…Interestingly, music educators have integrated popular music in their programs for decades, though with some encouragement and debate. In 1939 Lilla Belle Pitts (at the time 2nd V.P. of MENC now the National Association for Music Education) wrote in the Music Educators Journal “As to the field of popular music, in spite of its obvious effect upon music and non-music students alike, it is an area virtually unexplored and unexplained by music educators in general.”

Children being shortchanged on music education in Marion County: “First, we understand and empathize with the demands of major budget cuts to the Florida educational system. And we commend both Superintendent Jim Yancey and the Marion County School Board for exhibiting resourcefulness, as well as working toward minimal staff dismissals, while still attempting to impose a minimal negative impact on our students’ educational process…We request a temporary solution where current vacant music teacher positions have full-time substitute teacher replacements. This solution is consistent with the way other vacant teaching positions of core subject areas are currently being handled.Music and art subjects are protected under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which states that the arts are core subject areas and should be treated as such.“The term ‘core academic subjects’ means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography.” (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 [11])”

How I use my iPad to consume, create, and teach:  “My iPad is my go to devices for numerous activities. Looking back just two years ago it’s amazing how much time I spent in front of the computer and how much paper I had to print now that I can access about anything I need on the iPad. Essentially I am using my iPad to consume just like the We’ll Always iPad commercial, to create on a limited basis, and to teach at a college level without printing loads of notes.” ~hat-tip:@teaching_music

When being a music teacher means more than just teaching music: “Ever since high school, I knew that I wanted to be an educator and performer. Thanks to great private teachers and music educators (shout outs to Mr. Czarnecki, Mr. Schadel, Mr. Beavers, Doc, and Mr. Marapodi), and to my church for letting me teach PreK church education, I knew that I wanted to be an educator and a performer when I entered the work field. As I worked for my Bachelors in Music Education and Music Performance from Ithaca College, I thought about how nice it would be to teach music. I thought about the ways that I could introduce instruments to students, how to teach musical concepts through varieties of musical activities, about concert planning, and I thought about how to change my students’ lives for the better with music class.”

Nashville unveils ambitious music-education program for schools: “The plan for the city’s K-12 school system, called “Music Makes Us,” was announced Friday at a news conference in Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. It calls for upgrading existing music programs such as those for band, orchestra and choir, and including some unusual new classes. Those offerings will have kids playing in rock ‘n’ roll bands, spitting hip-hop lyrics, DJing, writing and composing contemporary songs, and learning modern production techniques. The funding is still being worked out, but private support from the music industry is expected to be a major component. Some of the new classes will be integrated into school curricula as early as next year.”


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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